- My kids are watching too much tv, but I’m too tired to entertain them.
- My health is going downhill. I’ll start eating healthy after this last trip to my favorite restaurant or this last milkshake.
- My child is hanging out with the wrong crowd, and I feel like I am losing them.
- I want to get out of debt. If only I could just stop spending too much.
- My kids won’t stop fighting and I can’t handle the chaos.
- My smart phone is my escape from the reality that surrounds me.
I would be absolutely lying if I said I have never experienced these same scenarios in my own home at one time or another. The truth is, those weeds have a way of slowly creeping into our lives and before we know it our lives look a lot like my front yard and we wondered how it happened. But weeds can be eliminated, even if it takes help from the experts. But HOW??
By FEEDING the PLANTS!
Instead of focusing on all the things you’re doing wrong and feeding those bad habits, focus on all the things you are doing RIGHT or the things you WANT to have happen in your home and then give all your heart and soul to that! It’s kind of like when I am trying to lose weight. If I focus on all the things I’m NOT supposed to eat, eventually it becomes too stressful and I give up. However, if I gradually just try to ADD the things that I know will nourish my body, eventually there isn’t enough room for the other.
Homes can be healed and people CAN change! I know, because I have seen it in my life so many times.
It’s a constant battle weeding out the bad behavior and nurturing the good! But as we feed the PLANTS, the weeds become easier to pull and eventually life becomes beautiful again. It does pay off, just not as fast as we would always like. So, if you remember nothing from what I’ve said so far, just remember this one simple thing. Everyday ask yourself one question:
“What am I watering? The WEEDS or the PLANTS?”
Speaking of which, it’s late, I should be asleep already, and I think my son is awake…again, throwing yet another fit.
- Show them a picture of a weed and then a picture of a flower, ask them if they know the difference between the 2.
- Explain that a weed will eventually take water and nourishment from the flower if it is not pulled.
- How is a weed just like a bad habit and what can we do to get rid of it?
- Why should we feed the flower but not the weed?
- For younger kids, you can print a coloring page.
- For Dessert, try this Dirt Pudding by Better in Bulk…
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